Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the world's largest living structure, while knowing that every exquisite piece is obtained through a commitment to preserving and protecting this natural wonder.
Our sustainably harvested coral reflects a harmonious blend of elegance and environmental consciousness.
With each purchase, you contribute to the safeguarding of fragile marine ecosystems, supporting local communities, and ensuring the long-term vitality of this unparalleled treasure. Elevate your space with the timeless allure of the Great Barrier Reef, ethically sourced and exquisitely crafted for those who cherish both refined living and the delicate balance of our planet.
In 2006, the coral fishery was recognised by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as the most sustainable fishery on the Great Barrier Reef. In November 2008, the fishery was presented as an example of the world’s best practice in ecologically sustainable fisheries management to the International Expert Workshop on CITES Non-Detriment Findings held in Cancun Mexico.
Over one third of the Great Barrier Reef is protected by Marine Park zoning. Our suppliers harvest by hand a strictly limited quota of abundant, fast-growing corals from broad reef areas in specific reef zones. Only small numbers of corals of a limited size and premium quality are selected from each site and the majority of the coral is left intact. It is estimated that the Great Barrier Reef accumulates an extra five million tonnes of coral per year. Our annual harvest of coral is an extremely small portion of this annual coral growth and is insignificant when compared with the impacts of natural events such as storms, cyclones and predation by crown-of-thorns starfish.
After harvesting, coral will regenerate from the base or larval settlement and growth of a new colony occurs. Controls on harvesting are achieved through robust management regulations. These include strictly limited licenses, quotas, and zones, prior landing reports, detailed logbook reporting, compliance checks, vessel tracking and scientific ecological risk assessments.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reports that corals can survive bleaching events and regain their normal healthy colour once conditions improve. However, while the Great Barrier Reef has been extremely resilient in the past, coral reef scientists predict that the increasing incidence and severity of coral bleaching and acidification of the oceans through rising carbon dioxide levels threaten the future of coral reefs worldwide.
To ensure that harvesting remains responsive to these impacts, our suppliers are signatories to a voluntary industry Stewardship Action Plan developed and regularly reviewed in close collaboration with senior fishery managers and coral scientists. The aim of the plan is to develop and document non-regulatory approaches for harvesting coral to world's best practice collection standards, including detailed contingency operational plans for coral bleaching events. In practical terms this includes refraining from the harvest of coral from reef areas that need the opportunity to regenerate after cyclones, flooding, bleaching, crown-o and other adverse impacts.
CARE AND CLEANING
Coral should always be lifted from underneath to avoid breakage.
Avoid candle wax or smoke coming in contact with coral.
To clean coral, gently hose and dry in strong sunshine. Stronger cleaning can be achieved by soaking overnight in diluted household or swimming pool bleach, then hosing thoroughly.
With such care, good quality coral will remain beautiful for many generations.
Republic Home is the exclusive NZ stockist for guaranteed ecologically sustainable coral.